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Welcome to Washington Pint Days


What: Washington Pint Days

Where: 75 breweries throughout Washington State


WHEN: Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 3-4


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Raise your hand if you moved to the Evergreen State in part because of its abundance of craft breweries. While one mitt’s waving in the air, you might as well slap both hands together for a round of celebratory clapping in advance of Washington Brewers Guild’s inaugural Washington Pint Days.

The event taking place Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 3-4 at 75 breweries throughout the state aims not only to support local venues in a time of economic uncertainty, but also hopes to raise funds for the WBG, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to advancing the interests of small and independent breweries via advocacy and collaborative community building.

Establishments on the lengthy roster—including Anacortes Brewery, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewing Co., North Fork Brewery, Stemma Brewing Co., Terramar Brewstillery, Twin Sisters, and Wander Brewing—will each be offering their own specials and pricing, but one thing they will have in common will be selling limited-edition pint glasses fashioned by Seattle’s Blindtiger Design, a company specializing in the oh-so-unique needs of the craft beer industry.

The collectible pint glass (pictured) manages to comprise the beauty of Washington state in a flowing design complete with peaks, rivers, bays, orca whales, bald eagles, mountain goats and farmland (as well as an unobtrusive “Discover WA Beer” logo on the front). One dollar from each glass sold will go to the WBG, who have been working behind the scenes with the governor’s office, the Liquor and Cannabis board, state and local health departments and local municipalities in the fight to keep brewery taprooms open in the face of the pandemic.

“Blindtiger is delighted to partner with the Washington Brewers Guild to do our small part in supporting Washington breweries by designing this year’s Pint Day glassware,” says owner and creative director Oceania Eagon. “What a fun way to get out and support your favorite breweries and be reminded of the amazing natural beauty of our state and local beer scene—with a tasty pint in your hand.”

Safety is paramount where Washington Pint Days is concerned, which means there will be plenty of to-go growlers and six-packs and socially distanced seating and other health measures in place at breweries with common outdoor spaces or taprooms that have temporarily been turned into gift shops (I’m looking at you, Boundary Bay).

Even if they’re not on the list of pint-pouring participants, now is the time to support your favorite brewery—whether it’s one close to home, or in the next county over. They’re doing their damndest to remain open while operating under a state order limiting breweries to outdoor service, to-go, delivery and curbside options, and they need the help of their patrons.

“It’s more important than ever to support Washington’s small and independent craft breweries,” Washington Brewers Guild Executive Director Annie McGrath says. “We hope this event will generate a spike in sales for our breweries that have been hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic during this historically challenging time. We’re encouraging everyone to mask up and bundle up, while you head out to support these local businesses, not just December 3 and 4, but as frequently as possible this holiday season.”


[Thurs., Dec. 3]

FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTION: Bellingham Food Bank will be distributing pre-packed food boxes today from 1pm-4pm at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and when it’s their turn, and volunteers will offer food boxes without requiring person-to-person contact. There will be a bike and walk-up option as well. Each household represented in a vehicle may pick up for up to two families. Menstrual products, baby formula and diapers will be added to distributed items as availability allows. Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. Cold-weather options are 1pm-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jersey St. locale, and from 3pm-6pm Wednesdays at the parking lot at Christ the King Church, 4173 Meridian St. Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit.
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[Sat., Dec. 5]

DOCKSIDE MARKET: Bellingham SeaFeast, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County have joined forces for a Bellingham Dockside Market happening from 10am-2pm on Saturdays—this month they will happen Sat., Dec. 12 and Tues., Dec.22—at Gate 5 or 7 at Squalicum Harbor. Product availability and sale dates will vary; the operation of the market will reflect the dynamic circumstances local fisher-folks navigate. Check the market’s Facebook page prior to sale days to see what sort of fresh seafood will be on the menu.
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BELLINGHAM MARKET: Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through December at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. At the modified market, social distancing is strongly enforced, patrons are not allowed to touch the food, and a limited number of vendors are allowed on site. Entertainment, music and eating areas have been suspended until further notice, and masks are mandatory. Please stay home if you are sick, and be prepared with small bills to offer exact change to vendors when possible.
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SHARE SPOT: Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle Food Network, the weekly event featuring the sharing of free food will likely continue through the winter. Volunteers are often needed on Saturdays, and during the week. COVID safety protocols are in place.
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[Dec. 5-6]

HOLIDAY MARKET: Find fresh produce and herbs, homemade pastries, jams and jellies, coffee beans and grounds, a variety of face masks, unique treasures and gifts and more at a Holiday Market by the Sea taking place from 10am-2pm Saturdays and 10am-4pm Sundays through December. Due to social distancing requirements, vendor booths will be spread out.
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[Mon., Dec. 7]

FOOD BANKING: The Foothills Food Bank—which serves community members from Mt. Baker to the South Fork Valley—is seeking volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays. Before the pandemic, FFB was serving approximately 150 families a week, but the number how now doubled and is expected to grow during the holidays season. While the number of families served has significantly increased, the number of volunteers to distribute food has decreased. FFB is seeking more helping hands to ensure Foothills families get the food they need.
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[Thurs., Dec. 10]

CULINARY CONVERSATION: At 7pm, Village Books will host a virtual event, “Gigi Berardi in Conversation with Chef Christy Fox,“on Crowdcast. Berardi is a WWU professor and author of Foodwise: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices, and Fox is co-owner of Evolve Chocolate+ Cafe, located on the top floor of the bookstore. The free Virtual Readings Gallery event is expected to be both informative and interesting.
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